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Oct 8, 2012 4:00pm EDT
, 45% for obama, a four-point spread. that's a 12-point spread in only, what, three weeks, shall we say? and clearly the major development was his strong performs at that debate. >> you know, wolf, it just shows you that voters are still really weighing the pluses and minuses of these two candidates. what i really need to see, though, to make any judgment about how this is going to really affect the election or how it has affected voters is i need to look in the battleground states, don't you think? you need to look at the battleground state of ohio. you need to look at wisconsin. you need to look at iowa. you need to look at virginia, florida, and see whether in fact the race has tightened, particularly in a state like ohio, wolf, where the president had a commanding lead by five or six points. let's see if in that state which the republican campaign has to win, i believe, if mitt romney's to become president, let's see if the poll numbers in that state of ohio which we're going to see as this week proceeds, let's see if those numbers have tightened there because that's going to be
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 8:00pm EDT
week, and beyond those campaign ads, the very nasty campaign ads coming from the obama campaign to talk directly to the american people, and they feel like that's a factor as well. they are also looking at what they call persuadable voters, those are voters who can swing back and forth, and if you look at that latest pew research center poll, which showed the president with an eight point lead just a couple weeks ago, now mitt romney has a five point lead. obviously there is some give and take there in terms of these numbers, but i have to tell you i did talk to another romney campaign aide who was sounding a bit more cautious saying they would prefer this poll had come out on november 4th, not october 8th. >> we will talk to cornell belcher, a pollster for the obama campaign in a moment. dan, the president's campaign, are they saying anything publicly about these numbers, acknowledging them one way or the other? >> they are. i talked to a couple campaign officials. they told me the state of the race is what it has been, which is as they said, quote, close and competitive, in these key
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 10:00pm EDT
narrative that obama -- that romney needed going into this, you know, with just a couple weeks away? >> it's very much the narrative he needed, because his campaign was about to be blown away. president obama generally has been running a much better campaign than mitt romney has, but in the last week or so, the mitt romney campaign i think is getting its act together. he had a very, very good debate, obviously. he was more personal on the stump in florida the last few days. he was more willing to talk in an emotionally connective way. he gave a foreign policy speech today that was -- had a lot of vagueness in it but was by far and way the best foreign policy speech in my judgment he's made, the most comprehensive on the middle east. so he's finding his voice, he's finding some solidity. but the polls are very hard to understand right now. not only this pew poll but we had one of the strangest days in polling in gallup i have ever seen. this morning they put out a tracking poll that said the race was tied. this afternoon they put out a second tracking poll saying obama had a five point lead.
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 1:00am EDT
with five weeks to go, and president obama is out west holding a rally this hour at a las vegas high school. he will be on the road through wednesday's first presidential debate. mitt romney keeping a lower profile this weekend, and tomorrow he heads to colorado rallying a crowd and preparing for wednesday's debate. key decision makers attended the red mass including six of the nine supreme court justices. the annual event aims to bring people together to pray for the members of the judiciary before the court hearing cases, and it's colored red mass because of the color of the garments of the clergy. >>> a christian pakistani girl accused of desecrating the koran is set to be cleared of all charges. the 14-year-old was not only innocent but was framed by a muslim cleric in her hometown. the cleric faces blasphemy charges of his own for tearing pages out of the koran to use against the girl. >>> it's the face-to-face showdown political watchers and voters have been waiting for. no tv ads, no campaign surrogates, just the president and his challenger one-on-one. athena jones takes a lo
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 12:00pm EDT
obama in last week's debate. joining us to talk about the numbers our political editor paul steinhauser. that's pretty stuff. they know how to go there. are we talking about much of a balance here after the debate? >> well, one poll does indicate a small bounce. take a look at this, suzanne. this is from gallop. they do that daily tracking poll. it's a seven-day poll. look what they did. they split it up in two. on the left column, those are the three days prior to last week's debate in denver. you see according to gallop, among registered voters nationwide, the president a five-point advantage. with the sampling area, look at the right. those are october 4th through 6th. the three days after the debate, and gallop indicates it's all tied up there. yeah, i mean, this one poll does indicate that mitt romney did get a bounce. of course, we're going to see a lot more national polls, a lot more polls. most importantly in the battle ground states later today, tomorrow, and wednesday ask thursday. keep your eyes on those state polls. they're really the most telling. suzanne. >> al
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 10:00pm EDT
for the week. >> president obama trying to bounce back from his debate performance hits the campaign trail this week making stops in california and the key battleground state of ohio. he is also expected to visit other swing states in the week and continue to prepare for the next presidential debate. >>> foreign policy will be in the spotlight tomorrow when mitt romney gives a speech at the virginia military institute. but the highlight of the week will be the vice presidential debate, joe biden and paul ryan face-off thursday in their only showdown in danville, kentucky. >>> while wall street gears up for earning season this week, a lot of big companies reporting, including alcoa, and jpmorgan chase, and will we see the third earnings declined in the third quarter. also ahead this week, the latest inflation data and a look at consumer sentiment. we will track that in the business news on cnn money. >>> and here is what we are watching this week. we are speaking with simmons. the daughter of kiss front man gene simmons. and also a few other big stars to stop by and talk hot topics wi
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 2:30pm EDT
parts of america and people are asking, where is the president? president obama is in another crucial swing state, ohio. both candidates will profile seizure gats this week. former president clinton teams up with mr. obama at a fundraiser tonight in california. two days later, clinton campaigns for the president in another battleground, nevada. >> mitt is up to the task. he's prepared. >> romney's wife ann goes in front of cameras wednesday morning when she's a special co-host on abc's "good morning, america." but the highlight of the week is this week's vice presidential debate. both are preparing for their own showdown which takes place thursday in danville, kentucky. >> i'm looking forward to it, i really am. the thing about congressman ryan is he's been straightfwoorward to now about all the significant changes he wants to make. we have a fundamentally different view on a whole range of issues. >> i'm studying, i'm reading joe biden's speeches, watching joe biden tape and just studying on all the various issues. >> and thanks to romney's strong performance at last week's debate, t
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 4:00am EDT
the white house. a big week for president obama as he faces his gop opponents in the first presidential debate in denver on wednesday. a lot is riding on the performance of each candidate, and both campaigns are trying to lower expectations. now, following the debate, the president will spend the next two days campaigning in the important battleground state of ohio. by the way, president obama will prepare for the debate in nevada, where he'll also hold a campaign rally. >> i'm paul steinhauser on the campaign trail. republican presidential nominee mitt romney flies to colorado tomorrow. he holds a rally in the swing state tomorrow night before hunkering down for final preparations. meanwhile his wing man, running mate paul ryan, campaigns in the beginning of the week in iowa. >>> i'm poppy harlow in new york. all eyes will be on the economy this week. the big news for wall street comes on friday with the september jobs report. of course, that is key for the markets. it's also key in the race for the white house. also ahead, we'll get a look at september auto sales data. as
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 7:00am EDT
, and there are just 30 days to go until election day. last week president obama and mitt romney squared off in the first presidential debate. well, they'll do number two on the 16th of this month. the number two, yes, the vice-presidential debate is this week on thursday and our athena jones takes a look at what to expect. >> reporter: then governor sarah palin wanking during the 2000 debate with presidential nominee joe biden. not just once but half a dozen times and senator dan quayle in 1978. >> i knew jab jack kennedy. jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you're no jack kennedy. >> reporter: memorable moments but hardly game-changers. vice-presidential debates like this week's upcoming matchup between vice president biden and his gop challenger paul ryan are a different animal. >> you need to be able to see that each vice-presidential candidate has hit the standard of readiness, that they'll be ready in the event of a national crisis to step into the oval office and take the reins of presidency. beyond that, unless there's a star-killing or star-catching moment, it ra
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 5:00am EDT
% mccain. do you think you would have done better against the obama that was debating this week? >> i think so, piers, but you know, it would sound like i am now trying to rewrite history or i would have done better. you know, i never tried to do any of that looking back and certainly not in anger or bitterness. but i think it is true that during the 2008 campaign, the president or then senator obama had no record to defend, and one of the reasons why mitt did so well in this debate was because mitt was -- i think very legitimately, attacking his record, whether it be the $90 billion in subsidies for energy or a number of the other things that he pointed -- the failure of dodd-frank, and so the president had a record to defend this time, but one, do not underestimate the president of the united states. he will come back strong. i think mitt has to be prepared for that. and also, as you mentioned, these job numbers will give him a bit or something of a bot today. >> we've got the vp debate coming up. you said about joe biden he's the gift that keeps on giving. are you hoping that
CNN
Oct 1, 2012 2:00pm EDT
last week, alison, we learned president obama is a job creator. why isn't that helping him with the economists? >> that's a good question. and the answer is because hiring still isn't strong enough. those who support romney say, you know, there is too much regulatory uncertainty, businesses aren't sure what is going to happen with the fiscal cliff coming up. they're not doing anything. they're sitting on their hands, not hiring. another reason that these economists didn't go with obama is political gridlock. some say that romney is likely to have more success getting legislation through congress. but, those who support obama say the president is more likely to reduce the deficit, to cut entitlement spending like social security, but once again, just not a lot of excitement for either person. which is kind of sad. >> let's talk about excitement on the dow. let's show the stocks because they have been rallying since this morning, what is it -- up 121 points now. got a pretty important report on the manufacturing sector. what do we need to know? >> so what we got was the granddaddy of
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 6:00pm EDT
week. >> reporter: i'm dan lothian. president obama trying to bounce back from his debate performance hits the campaign trail this week making stops in california and the key battleground state of ohio. he's also expected to visit other swing states later in the week and continue preparing for his next presidential debate. >> reporter: i'm paul steinhauser at the political deck. foreign policy will be in the spotlight tomorrow when republican challenger mitt romney gives what's being billed as a major speech at the virginia military institute. but the highlight of the week will be the vice presidential debate. vice president joe biden and congressman paul ryan face-off thursday in their only showdown in danville, kentucky. >> reporter: i'm poppy harlow in new york. wall street gears up for earnings season this week. lots of big companies reporting, including aluminum jind al gian and jpmorgan case. did earnings decline in the third quarter. also ahead this week, the latest inflation data and a look at consumer sentiment. we'll track all that and the week's business news on
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 4:00am EDT
romney campaign in newport news, virginia and on the phone, dan lothian with president obama's campaign. jim, you're on the trail with the romney campaign. what's the reaction to the latest polling, because republicans were complaining about these polls as soon as last week. now the poll is good news for them. are they complaining? >> well, anderson, i have to tell you i just saw mitt romney standing out in a drenching rain in newport news just a couple hours ago and he still had a smile on his face. they're pretty happy. they have not seen poll numbers like this in some time. i have to tell you, i talked to a senior romney advisor about this pew research center poll and they look at a couple things here in relation to these polls. they are looking at the enthusiasm that is coming out at some of their campaign events. i can tell you, we have been at several of these campaign events over the last several days and they are getting some big turnouts, sometimes in excess of 10,000 people, and while yes, that may not be obama campaign numbers, those are good numbers for mitt romney. another
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 4:00am EDT
week. >> i'm dan lothian. president obama trying to bounce back from his debate performance, hits the campaign trail. making stops in california and ohio. he is expected to visit other swing states later in the week. and continue preparing for his next presidential debate. >>> i'm paul steinhauser at the political desk. policy will be front and center as mitt romney gives a speech at the military institute. but the highlight of the week will be the vice presidential debate. joe biden and paul ryan face off thursday in their only showdown in danville, kentucky. >>> i'm poppy harlow in new york. lots of companies reporting, including alcoa, jpmorgan chase and wells fargo. will we see declines in the third quarter. some think that weakness in europe will finally take a toll here in the u.s. also ahead, the latest inflation data and consumer sentiment. we'll track all of that on monday. >>> i'm "showbiz tonight's" a.j. hammer. we're speaking with sophie tweed simmons. and a few big stars stopping by to talk hot topics with me on "showbiz tonight." >>> this is just in. we told you about hu
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 4:00pm EDT
momentum following the presidential debat debates, president obama stumping in california, mitt romney also on the road after what many saw as a lackluster debate last week for the president in particular. he's hoping the new lower unemployment rate will give him a boost. the president is attending a fund-raiser in los angeles, and then he heads on to ohio. mitt romney in the meantime is spending the weekend in florida where yesterday he spent much of the day preparing for the next debate. it's a must-win state if he wants to capture the white house. >>> and, of course, you don't want to forget that the vice presidential debate is this thursday. joe biden and paul ryan squaring off. our cnn coverage begins at 7:00 eastern time. >>> all right. some news for your car out there. honda is recalling 268,000 crvs, its popular suv, model years 2002 to 2006. they say there's a faulty window stwich in the driver's side door, and if it gets wet it can start fire. no crashes or injuries have been reported but honda knows a four-switch fires. >>> space travel will be a business with a launch tonig
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 5:00am EDT
. election day just four weeks away, four weeks. this is the big time. president obama holes a campaign rally today at ohio state university. mitt romney holds rallies in both ohio and iowa. and i want to take another look at those two polls that everyone is talking about this morning. they seem to paint different pictures of this race. the pew research center gives mitt romney a four-point lead over president obama. 49% to 45%. that survey did include more likely voters who identify themselves as republicans. however, the latest gallup tracking poll has president obama leading mitt romney 50% to 45%. this poll does include voters who were surveyed before the presidential debate which most voters say romney won though interestingly enough, it showed movement toward obama yesterday. all right. hard to keep track of. there's a lot going on here. cnn political reporter peter hamby joins us live from washington. please, peter, make sense of this for us. >> okay. these are the first two real credible polls we've seen since the debate. the bottom line here is there's movement in both toward m
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 5:00am EDT
aren't suddenly going to like him more than barack obama in the last five weeks of the campaign. get over it, yes, you may like barack obama more than me but he hasn't done the job. >> richard says barack obama needs to play it safe. you say, mitt romney, don't play it nice. that's an interesting summation of the debate strategies. i want to talk about vice president biden, a favorite subject for both of you. >> america loves joe biden. >> i love joe biden. he said something on the campaign trail something yesterday and the republicans were quick to pounce. let's listen to what he said. >> this is deadly earnest. how they can justify, how they can justify, raising attacks on the middle class has been buried the last four years. how in lord's name can they justify raising their taxes with these tax cuts? >> and this is how paul ryan responded. >> i thought he was taking my speech. you know what? we agree. the middle class has been buried over the last four years. they're being buried by obama care, by borrowing, taxes, spending, more regulations, all this uncertainty plaguing business
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 10:00pm EDT
clusters and almonds. >>> less than 24 hours from now, with the election five weeks away, president obama and mitt romney will face off. presidential debates can shift race. joining me now alan schroeder, a professor of the school of journalism in northeast university in boston. author of "presidential debates, 50 years of high-risk tv" and patrick mill sapz who served as chief of staff in newt gingrich's campaign. you say the pie is baloney line is one of his strongest hits during his campaign run against mitt romney. >> can be drop some of the pious baloney? you ran in '94 and lost. that's why you weren't serving in the senate for rick santorum. suddenly citizenship showed up in your mind, level with the american people. you have been running since the 1 990s. >> how much of those zingers are prethought out and what does mitt romney have to do to avoid taking a big hit tomorrow night? >> that was all newt. part of great thing about newt, he knew the topic, knew the weak points, but prepared to answer the question. if you can come up with pious baloney, that puts a cherry on top. i
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 3:00am EDT
conducted after last week's debate puts romney firmly in the lead of president obama, 49 to 45. in the same poll in september, the president had a 51-43 lead. romney seems to be gaining ground with women. in a moment, i will ask polling guru nate silver what it all really means. meantime, a newly energized candidate romney is wasting no time pressing his advantage, today hitting the president with tough talk on foreign policy, including the deadly attack on americans in libya. >> this latest assault can't be blamed on a reprehensible video insulting islam, despite the administration's attempts to convince us of that for so long. no, as the administration has finally conceded, these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists who use violence to impose their dark ideology on others, especially on women and girls who are fighting to control much of the middle east today and who seek to wage perpetual war on the west. >> joining me now, a man who knows quite a lot about mitt romney's views on all this, norm coleman, advisor to the romney campaign on foreign policy and former senator from mi
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 2:00pm EDT
tomorrow, obama versus romney. and then those two again, two weeks from today, that's the final debate before the election. so mitt romney to the, he gave this 20-minute speech on foreign policy. not exactly one of romney's stronger suits thus far. take a look at yet another poll here. the question being better on foreign policy shows him trailing the president by seven points on that one specifically. wolf blitzer, let's talk to you about all of this. joining me live from washington here. and we'll listen in a moment to that speech from mitt romney at vmi. let me ask you this, why a foreign policy speech this late in the election campaign? do you think he sees some sort of opening here? >> yes, i think that the killing of the american ambassador and three other americans in benghazi, libya, the consulate there, and the confusion surrounding the administration's explanation for what happened, the condemnation by some has given him a clear opening. take a look at what is happening throughout north africa and the middle east. he said that today. there is a lot of anti-american attitudes
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 5:00am EDT
poll by the university of denver, where last week's presidential debate was held, gives president obama a slight edge over mitt romney in colorado, a key swing state. 47% to 43%. paul steinhauser joins us live now. what do you make of all this? >> reporter: the new poll numbers. those are pretty much in line, john, with what we saw prior to the debate. other polls conducted in colorado, as you mentioned, a key battleground state, where the president had a slight edge, same story. this new university of denver poll. among independents, the president has a double-digit lead. when are we going to see more polls? you're going to see a bunch over the next 48 hours the next couple of days leading up to the vice presidential debate. a bunch of major organizations, including cnn, are in the field right now. in key battleground states and with national surveys, john. >> the president coming off of the heels of what many are considering a lackluster debate performance. even he was poking fun at it over the weekend at his hollywood fund-raiser. >> and everybody here, incredible professionals
CNN
Oct 7, 2012 4:00am EDT
a bad week for the president. really the best possible end that president obama could have hoped for. mitt romney came out so strong in that debate, president obama lackluster. he got called rusty. detached. not the words he was looking for. >> hold that thought, we're going to talk about that. i want to go back to something, four days before the presidential election is when the next jobs report is going to come out. if they go down even further? what does that mean if. >> it could go down. it could also go back up. >> right. >> this has been an economic recovery that's been a difficult one. the administration says that as well. this was a great jobs report for the president. it broke down past that 8% mark that mitt romney's been hitting so hard in this campaign. >> you can imagine -- >> this is a great day for the president. >> you can imagine the white house and probably the campaign in chicago doing somersaults. does this make people now say, what debate? by most people's accounts, the president was awful, horrible. that's what everyone says, even ardent obama supporters. do
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 3:00am EDT
wanted. right now, the cbo says up to 20 million people will lose their insurance as obama care goes into effect next week. likewise, a study by mckenzie and company said 30% are anticipating dropping them from coverage. for those reasons, for the tax, for medicare, for this board, and for people losing their insurance, this is why the american people don't want obama care. it's why republicans said do not do this. and the republicans had a plan. they put a plan, a bipartisan plan. it was swept aside. i think something this big, this important, has to be done on a bipartisan basis. we have to have a president that can reach across the aisle and fashion legislation with input from both parties. >> governor romney said this has to be done with a bipartisan basis. this was a bipartisan idea, in fact, a republican idea. governor romney at the beginning of this debate wrote and said, what we did in massachusetts could be a model for the nation. and i agree that the democratic legislators in massachusetts might have given some advice to republicans in congress about how to cooperate. but t
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 8:00pm EDT
candidate, and you saw a very much more aggressive president obama, and i think that's what you will see two weeks from now when he shows up at the next debate with romney in new york. >> jim, on the campaign trail, governor romney today more energized? >> absolutely. we were with him on his campaign plane during the day and as he got on the plane, he was smiling, he was laughing with his campaign staff. there was a spring in his step. there was an air of confidence in this campaign that i haven't seen in several weeks and in talking to senior romney advisor eric fehrnstrom, he said to me if this was a prize fight, they would have stopped the fight. that's how well they think mitt romney did. they're not going to be taking their foot off the gas pedal, i can tell you that the romney campaign came to the back of the plane just as it was landing here in virginia earlier this afternoon. they were starting to sense that the story, the narrative was starting to change from sort of a post-debate high for mitt romney to this new counter-offensive from the president going after some of the state
CNN
Oct 5, 2012 12:00pm EDT
your co-pay at myflexpen.com. >>> president obama, mitt romney face off in less than two weeks. candy crowley will moderate a town hall style debate on october 16th. who comes out on top could come down to facial expressions and body language. brian todd looks at how they did wednesday night face to face. >> reporter: chris cole, he was looking at well, how they looked. >> governor romney was much more expressive than president obama was. >> reporter: cole is an expert in the communication of emotions, an assistant professor at perdurdue university. he uses software called face reader, he applies it to political candidates. the software creates superimposed mesh maps on their faces which cole says measures the movement of hundreds of muscle points on the face. what did he measure on mitt romney's face? >> in this feature here, you can see his eyebrows are slightly up, and this would suggest an emotion of surprise, but at the same time, when you look at how his lips and nose are, that might represent something about a negative type of emotion of disgust or something like that. >
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 6:00pm EDT
certainly some welcome news for the obama white house, waging what has been an uphill battle against unemployment. this week the labor department reported the jobless rate fell sharply in september to 7.8%. that's the same level it was when president obama took office back in january 2009. actual growth last month was modest. only 1114,000 jobs created. but the labor department also revised the july and august number to include an 86,000 new jobs. let's talk about it with austin goolsby. austin, thanks very much for coming in. what is this jobs report mean to you? >> well, i think it's a good sign. you know, when i was in the white house, i used to say every month, good or bad, you never want to make too much out of any one month's numbers, because it's plus or minus 100,000 jobs is the margin of error. so there's a lot of variability. taken as an average, this is a solid report. >> when you say plus or minus margin of error of 100,000 jobs, in other words if 114,000 jobs were created last month it could have been 200,000 or 14,000? >> yeah. and you see in these revisions when they'r
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 4:00pm EDT
advantage for president obama but roughly an even split. $20.5 million spent in the last two weeks. expect nothing but more of the same the next four weeks. >> yep. i'm sure of that. thanks very much, john. we'll be back with us. he's joining us from ohio. as we mention both mitt romney and president obama are campaigning in ohio today. and believe it or not today's big issue in the presidential race is big bird. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta reports from iowa right now where romney held a rally earlier in the day. jim. >> reporter: wolf, the romney campaign is clearly feeling good, but at the same time top advisors are trying to downplay the importance of a slew of new polls showing the gop nominee now in a real horse race with president obama in a sign that all of this has gotten the president's attention. this campaign has suddenly turned into a race over small things or rather one big bird. plowing into his proposals to help american farmers, mitt romney had poultry on his mind in iowa. of the eight-foot and yellow variety as he accused the president of foul
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 7:00pm EDT
campaign and cornell belcher. gloria, let me start with you. it sounded like sour grapes a few weeks ago and it's sounding like similar sour grapes when the obama campaign doesn't like the numbers, but this ain't the first time we've been at this rodeo. >> if you look at different polls, the waiting as it's called, is different in different snapshots and what we can say about this is that it is a snapshot in time. i mean, i look at the numbers where the gender gap is even and i'm scratching my head about that because that number seems very high to me for romney to be tied with president obama on gender because generally, democrats do better with women than republicans. so, you know, you have to look at these numbers. say president obama did not have a good night in that debate. that what everything mitt romney could have wanted to get out of that debate, he got out of this debate and if he has gotten his potential supporters more enthusiastic about going out to the polls and that's what this reflects, that's very good for mitt romney. >> there is a difference in the wording. he's leading
CNN
Oct 4, 2012 11:00pm EDT
through our airwaves in real time. it's fascinating. releasing its numbers for the last three weeks of september. here is what they're seeing. president obama's campaign outspending mitt romney's campaign almost 2-1 in the last three weeks of september. take a look at the next level. super pac level, republican super pacs outspending 2-1. in some senate races it shows more than 50% of the ads on air in swing states are coming from these super pacs. fascinating measure just how much they're having an effect and, in some cases, propping up campaigns. >> the two biggest super pacs out there, dedicated to president obama and romney, they're obviously the chief of each of those is about to come on the show. how are they doing specifically? >> in terms of money raised to debt, current year-to-date totals we have, the general ratio shows restore our future, romney associated super pac outspending the super pac associated with president obama. for the month of august, first time liberal super pacs outraised conservative super pacs. the restore our future super pac aired no ads from a period
CNN
Oct 2, 2012 7:00am EDT
unfold at the university of denver. there is president obama and mitt romney preparing to go face-to-face for 90 minutes with the presidency hanging in the balance. >> most americans head to the polls in five weeks. but by that time, an estimated 30% of the country will have already voted. >> early voting gets under way this morning in the battleground state of ohio, and the not so battleground state of nebraska. that means ballots are already being cast in ten states across the country. cnn political editor paul steinhauser is with us this morning. paul, more and more voters get a chance to go to the polls early. why is this so important? >> it is interesting, because what happens if a big development happens in this first debate or even some of the other debates and you've already cast your ballot and you want to change your mind. too late. most of the people who are voting early in these states are die-hards. ohio starting today. they're the second battleground state to start early. iowa, christine you know something about that. so it is interesting about a third of the country vo
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Oct 9, 2012 11:00am EDT
. what's your policy? >>> mitt romney riding high a week after the colorado debate, want you to take a look at some new numbers and there you go. a new poll of likely voters shows romney has edged ahead of president obama and the numbers say it clearly, 49% to 45%. cnn's political editor paul steinhauser joins me live from washington as he does almost daily with the numbers story. but i want you to put this one in perspective. is this a huge deal 28 days until election day? >> that's right, four weeks to go until the election, and let's go back to the pew poll number because it does suggest that mitt romney got a bounce out of the debate last wednesday in denver, colorado. let's go to the numbers on the left. you can see the new numbers. this is the new poll from pew and it indicates romney with a four-point advantage, within the sampling error but look at the september numbers, an eight poi eight-point advantage for the president. let's go to gallup. this is of registered voters conducted both before and after the debate and you can see the president with a five-point advantage. so it
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Oct 4, 2012 9:00pm EDT
actually raised a point that i was talking with my friends about today. i get the sense that obama never watched the debates that romney and i had, particularly in florida. even though both my wife and i have said publicly over the last couple weeks if romney arrives as tough, as aggressive with the clarity and the assertiveness he used in florida, we thought he would do very, very well but i got the sense that obama came in in a very relaxed way, without adequate preparation, and frankly was stunned at the intensity and at the facts. one of the challenges the obama team has with their whole new mantra which is if only mitt romney had been a nice person it would have been a better debate, romney just piled on with fact after fact after fact -- i'm talking about facts like 23 million unemployed is a pretty specific fact. >> what about this fact. what about this fact, mr. speaker. romney claimed that president obama's cutting $716 billion from medicare that will affect current people in the program. was that a fact? >> that certainly is what the congressional budget office says. the number
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Oct 2, 2012 2:00pm EDT
republicans will control the senate and that he can block president obama's agenda. so let's just be honest about what's going on here. >> senior congressional correspondent dana bash, our guide, this week as we check on the key races. we have been following this race. it is already -- it long since has gotten personal. last night, kicked it up a notch. >> reporter: oh, my, sure did. i was in massachusetts doing a story on this race this summer and talked to both candidates. and it was already going to be an intense race. and it was already clear then that this -- these two -- let's be honest, these two people not only are they running against each other for a seat they don't seem to like each other. that was incredibly clear with the sound bite you just played, but also clear with this -- maybe the line of the night, which came from scott brown. listen. >> if you're going to comment on my record, i would at least have you refer to it -- >> excuse me. >> go ahead. >> i'm not a student in your classroom, please let me respond, okay? thank you. >> reporter: the back story there is not just th
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Oct 4, 2012 4:00pm EDT
the 47% number. that's something that the obama campaign has spent over $3 million advertising about over the last two weeks. no mention of that. no mention of bain capital. no mention of the tax returns. no mention of outsourcing. and so it seems to me that the president is going to have to look for opportunities, which by the way i think mitt romney handed him last night, but he just didn't seem to hear them. >> he wasn't either prepared or didn't want to get into that kind of debate. >> right. >> so what did romney do last night that we probably haven't seen before? >> well, i think he managed to do a couple of things really well. and i want to play this one bite for you then we can talk about it. >> i just don't know how the president could have come into office facing 23 million people out of work, rising unemployment, an economic crisis at the kitchen table and spend his energy and passion for two years fighting for obama care instead of fighting for jobs for the american people. it has killed jobs. >> the big thing he did is that he seemed to be able to relate almost every ans
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00pm EDT
presidential election exactly five weeks from today. here's where the race may be decided. we're getting our first look inside the debate hall over at the university of denver. barack obama and mitt romney, they are getting ready to face-off tomorrow night. and as cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta discovered, it will be one of the very two times the two men have actually met in person. jim is joining us live from littleton, colorado. what's the latest on this particular score, jim? >> reporter: well, wolf, i can tell you right now that ann romney is about to take the stage behind me. she's going to be holding an event here in littleton, colorado, in a few moments from now. she's been one of this campaign's most effective surrogates and been very busy doing just that while her husband, mitt romney, has been doing debate preparations just a short distance away in denver. it will be fascinating, wolf, to watch the body language between mitt romney and president obama tomorrow night when they meet face-to-face as the obama campaign revealed to cnn, the two men have only met a few
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Oct 7, 2012 10:00am EDT
just that. the republican party might hate obama enough and be frus stratr enough to let him wink and do more. if so he faces something far more challenging than a good debate never the last weeks of the campaign. he faces a moderate republican. let's get started. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> america's biggest corporations have a unique per expect tifb on the economy. i recently had an opportunity to talk to the heads of three very different, very successful businesses if finance, in manufacturing, and in technology. when i chaired the panel for the clinton global initiative. they are lloyd blankfein the chairman and ce o o of goldman sachs. andrew live russ, the chairman and ceo of dow chemical and john chambers the chair manned and ceo of cisco. the conversation was fascinating. listen in. >>> lloyd, let me start with you. when you look at the global economy, right now, you know, what is it, four years after the crash, what does it look like to you? >> well, we're definitely in a m muddle-through phase, slow growth, very disappointing. but i think one of the things that
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Oct 1, 2012 11:00am EDT
the republican convention, very little from obama, especially at the u.n. this last week. the debates will likely be a different story because this weekend the death toll for americans in the war surpassed the 2000 mark. the soldier who made the helmet cam video suffered only minor wounds and has returned to duty. but it's amazing that he suffered only minor wounds when you see this incredible story. his fight to survive is gripping. take a look. >> fire! hey! i'm moving down! ah! ah! [ bleep ]! oh! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! ah! [ bleep ] help me! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! i'm hit! >> lest we forget what our men and women have been going through in afghanistan for the last 11 years. joining us now cnn contributor, i need to reiterate the number of times we heard that soldier yelling i'm hit, i'm hit. he was not shot, but the shrapnel from that gun being fired out of his hand did injure him. he did sustain minor injuries, the pentagon confirms for us. i need to get your reaction. you have seen more combat than everybody in this building co
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Oct 7, 2012 11:00am EDT
wasn't really relevant at the moment. this week was all about debates and unemployment. it just didn't seem to fit in. yeah, it got out there. >> amy holmes, has obama's speech received moderate coverage at the time and this time around covered as a media story and disappeared. did this story fizzle? >> i think it did and it's unfortunate. it fizzled because it was covered as a race war story or a media story instead of a promise story that senator obama is promising better treatment because of disparate treatment. historically has that come to pass. he's made some very bold claims as you pointed out that new orleans got less favorable treatment than new york. it turns out some fact-checkers said that wasn't true. but meanwhile he's been president for four years whach has he done to wreckty file that situation? has he worked with governor jindal? how did this all play out and unfortunately the media is not asking those questions. >> i talked to tucker carlson of "newsweek" this week. he said some of the reaction in the press was disgust and reflects t reflects a larger problem in the p
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Oct 8, 2012 7:00am EDT
talking to an empty chair. the empty chair represented president obama. this week's cover of "the new yorker" picks up on the performance against mitt romney. why don't you since you work for "the new yorker" ryan, put that cover up again. >> this is barry blitz, one of -- i think one of the most -- a lot of people, one of my favorite cartoonists at the new yorker, famously in 2008 did a cover that was controversial of barack and michele obama in the oval office, remember this -- >> the terrorist misstep. happen to have a piece in that issue, overshaded doed the palestinian issue. but yeah, i think he captured what everyone's reaction to that debate was. >> not the 2% of republicans. >> the 70% of independents that thought romney won -- >> i love the jim lehrer detail on this. >> and your cantonist quoted as saying he never realized how difficult it would be to caricature furniture. he learned a new new lesson. >> interesting to see back to the poll numbers, we heard congressman ryan saying you get the -- no effect at all in that debate. i think -- >> we don't have the data yet. every
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Oct 7, 2012 1:00pm EDT
opponent. it's a big week for candidates in this country. president barack obama is hoping to build momentum from that lower unemployment rate to hold a fundraiser in los angeles today, then eahe's heading to ohio. mitt romney is rallying in florida. he's giving a major foreign policy speech tomorrow. >>> we're following a shooting on the campus of the university of south alabama. a student reportedly naked and acting erratically is dad
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